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"When memory serves"

English translation: When I have remembered to do so

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English term or phrase:"When memory serves"
English translation:When I have remembered to do so
Entered by: Noni Gilbert
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16:39 Feb 1, 2009
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English term or phrase: "When memory serves"
(Doctor)" Have you taken your meds?" (Patient) "When memory serves..." --- I'ts quite clear from this context, though only one Portuguese-English dictionary shows it - never seen the expression in a English one - and it barely scratches the surface of an explanation. Meaning in fact is????
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When I have remembered to do so
Explanation:
Suggesting that the patient's memory isn't as good as it could be, and therefore that the patient can't assure the doctor about having always remembered to take the medication.

Boils down to : "probably not that often"!
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Noni Gilbert
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4 +6When I have remembered to do so
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7 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +6
"when memory serves"
When I have remembered to do so


Explanation:
Suggesting that the patient's memory isn't as good as it could be, and therefore that the patient can't assure the doctor about having always remembered to take the medication.

Boils down to : "probably not that often"!

Noni Gilbert
Spain
Local time: 09:34
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Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Egil Presttun
2 mins
  -> Thanks Egil

agree  JaneTranslates: It's a somewhat unusual construction, though. Much more common is "if memory serves," with a different meaning. But I think you've pegged this one.
1 hr
  -> Thanks Jane.

agree  Kristina Thorne
2 hrs
  -> Thanks again Kristina.

agree  Jonathan MacKerron: if I remember correctly"
2 hrs
  -> Thanks Jonathan

agree  Armorel Young: A more common way of putting this is "If my memory serves me right" - but it wouldn't be used in quite this context.
2 hrs
  -> Yes - thanks Armorel.

agree  Mohamed Mehenoun: yeah that's the meaning "if memory serves" you should find plenty of reference on that...
5 hrs
  -> Thanks Mohamed.
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Feb 15, 2009 - Changes made by Noni Gilbert:
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